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Just got back from the cabin

Just got back from the cabin. I didn’t get as much done on the book proposal as I wanted to. Instead, I went through our photographs to spark my memory of incidents to include in the book. So I guess it’s all good, right? Funk immediately rushed into w

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Christmas Newsletter 2008

Dear friends and family, To borrow a phrase from the late Jerry Garcia, “it’s been a long strange trip” this year. I’ll get to the gory details a little later, for now I’m happy to report that the four of us are healthy and well, even if a tiny bit frayed around the edges. Tara’s in-love. We met the new beau last April while we were in Pittsburgh for Tara’s graduation. Mid-way through the visit my beloved daughter whispered to me that Charles was on his best behavior because he wanted to make a good first impression. I took in […]

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Christmas Newsletter 2007

Dear Friends & Family, This time last year was all about the possibility of Funk getting elected Mayor of Kansas City. When that letter was written, Funk and I both knew it in our bones that he would be elected, but we also knew that we were going to have to work really hard to feel that we deserved it. The campaign itself was wildly fun, but exhausting, and though I can’t say that we’d ever do it again, it was a wonderful experience. By default, I became Funk’s campaign manager. And because Funk won the election, he now thinks […]

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Christmas Newsletter 2006

The Funk’s Holiday Newsletter 2006As written on the 7th of September Dear Friends & Family, Do you feel the crackle in the air? Doesn’t it make you feel as if you are standing in the midst of royalty? Well, have no fear; it’s just me, trying on my new role as first lady for when my little funky-poo is elected Mayor of Kansas City in the spring of double-o-seven. But, more on that little tidbit later. Tara’s study abroad experience ended strangely. First, her university closed down for the year only five weeks into the semester due to the rioting […]

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Christmas Newsletter 2005

Christmas 2005 Hello again. I hope this letter finds you’ve all had a healthy and peaceful 2005. As for us, gratefully, we are all well, even with me being just a tad brittle around the edges. I thought last year was bad with Tara leaving for college and with me being forced to come to terms with the beginning of, what I now see as the almost-empty-nest-syndrome, but that was nothing. The full power of my predicament hit me when my poor daughter came home from college in April and the next day I had the mother of all meltdowns […]

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Christmas Newsletter 2004

Dear Family & Friends, Did anyone hear that horrible gut-wrenching noise along towards the end of August this year? That was my heart breaking in two when I said goodbye to my sweet baby girl on her first day of college. How I long to be like one of those parents who can’t wait for their kids to leave home, but alas, I’m not one of them. It gets worse: Tara is going to France to study at a French University for the entire year beginning next August. So while I’m at home pining away for her, the cheap tramp […]

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Chet’s Christmas Letter 2003

Hello Folks;   (I loved the pictures) Just a short line from the proudest Grandpaw in Missouri. All my grandchildren are smart and beautiful and I mean every one of them. Now having said that let me tell you I really enjoyed the Xmas letter. I read it over three times and I think Gloria has a real talent I think she should expand the letter, keep a journal and write a book. The title should be Where have my little Babies gone. About a sweet, pretty Italian womans battle with herself and others over the empty nest syndrome (spelling […]

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